By Iacovos Constantinou
APOEL were the victors in Tuesday’s top of the table clash against AEL with a resounding three nil win in front of almost 16.000 fans at the GSP stadium. APOEL are now level on points with the Limassol team but their superior goal difference puts them at the top.
The Nicosia outfit got off to a great start when the unmarked Nuno Morais headed past AEL keeper Karim Fegrouch in the fifth minute. Four minutes before half time Tiago Gomes released Constantinos Charalambides on the right and his cross was headed past Fegrouch by Cesar Santin.
It could all have been so different for AEL, who were the better side in the first half, had they managed to convert at least one of the many clear cut chances that fell to their forward line. Fouad Idabdelay was the main culprit, blasting two great chances high and wide.
The two goal cushion allowed APOEL to control play in the second half and chances were few and far between, something that suited the home side. The icing on the cake came late on in the game when APOEL’s midfield dynamo Morais ran clear and set Gustavo Manduca up for an easy third.
The remaining games of the fifth match day of the playoffs will be played on Wednesday as follows:
Group A: Omonia v Ermis Aradippou, Apollon v Anorthosis game
Group B: Doxa v AEK Larnaca, AEK Kouklion v Ethinkos Achnas, Nea Salamina v Aris